Santa showed up jollier than ever for the 110th annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade. The longest running parade of it’s kind, this year’s crop of marching bands and colourful floats marched through the falling snow to the cheers of the crowd.
The weather was glorious for this year’s official City of Toronto Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph in front of Old City Hall. Toronto‘s new mayor-elect John Tory was in attendance with several city councillors and thousands of onlookers to remember those who have served in the armed forces and fallen in the line duty.
The ten month lead up to the Toronto municipal elections has felt like a lifetime worth of debates and ‘just say no to Ford’ rhetoric. In the end John Tory was victorious, Ford Nation wept openly and Olivia Chow supporters were just plain saddened by the loss. She presented a progressive and intelligent platform for the betterment of Toronto and I was there to capture her election night party and concession speech.
It’s hard to even begin to estimate the number of walking dead at Toronto‘s annual Zombie Walk. At least 10,000+ brain starved zombies lurched through Toronto’s downtown core, terrifying onlookers and leaving a trail of fake blood all the way down Yonge Street. This year’s parade of the undead included horses, a marching band and a group of ghouls on bikes.
One night every year Toronto’s streets transform into the free all-night art crawl known as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Now in it’s ninth year the celebration of contemporary art transforms Toronto into a canvas for Canadian and international artists.
Top ranked eaters tested their stomach capacity at the 5th annual World Poutine Eating Championship held at Yonge-Dundas Square. The event was hosted by Smoke’s Poutinerie who served up plenty of curds and gravy for the competitive poutine massacre. As much as you may love our national dish, witnessing the feats of gastronomical excess may turn you off eating it for awhile. Matthew ‘Megatoad’ Stonie was the clear winner having consumed 14 3/4lbs in 10 minutes, a full 3lbs more than last year’s champion Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut.